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  • Writer's pictureCarey Tate

The West Island Cancer Wellness Centre celebrates 15 years.

The West Island Cancer Wellness Centre (WICWC) has been supporting cancer patients and their families since its establishment as a registered charity in 2008. The West Island News' Hannah Johnston spoke to the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre, Debbie Magwood in honour of their 15th anniversary.

One of the key aspects of the WICWC's approach is their focus on psychosocial cancer care, which complements traditional medical practices. This means that they offer programs and services that address the emotional, social, and psychological aspects of cancer.

The center provides a range of free activities designed to promote well-being and join cancer patients on their journeys. These activities include art therapy, reflexology, yoga, and remote counseling. The Chit Chat program allows participants to have conversations with McGill medical students, providing them with an opportunity to share their experiences and receive support.

The WICWC team outside their Kirkland Centre.

In addition to serving the West Island community, the WICWC has extended its reach through virtual programming. Their remote Cancer Wellness programs are accessible to cancer patients from across Canada. This expansion has allowed them to provide support to individuals living in rural areas and also reach out to Indigenous communities. By leveraging technology, the WICWC is making a positive impact on a national scale, ensuring that individuals facing cancer can access the assistance they need, regardless of their location.

To find out more, visit, or give them a call at 514-695-9355.



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